Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase to $11.20 per hour from $10.20 as of Oct. 1.
The liquor server minimum wage will rise to $10.70 per hour from $9.20 in the first of two steps to eliminate the differential rate altogether in 2016.
“We promised Albertans we would raise minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018, and we will stick to that promise,” says Premier Rachel Notley. “We’re taking a significant step towards our goal for 2015 and will continue this path in future years.”
Restaurants Canada panned the decision to remove the liquor server wage.
“The liquor server wage is important because it recognizes the significant tipped income these employees make,” says Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada’s vice-president of western Canada. “Higher labour costs will force employers to cut server hours and the time they have to earn more tips.”